Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to make a detailed comparison of two cameras that fall into different categories. While the first model we are looking at, Olympus PEN E-PL8 belongs to a Entry-Level Mirrorless category, the other model, Olympus PEN E-PL8 is a Large Sensor Compact camera. Both models feature different types of sensors. Thus, Olympus PEN E-PL8 comes with CMOS sensor that has a resolution of 16.0 MP resolution, while our second compared model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III features a 20.0 MP BSI-CMOS sensor.
Both cameras we are going to look at in our overview fall into two different categories - MirrorLess and Compact. Keeping in mind all the distinctive features of each category, it will be hard to make a detailed comparison of these two models. However, we will do our best to make this review as unbiased and detailed as possible.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Olympus PEN E-PL8 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Olympus PEN E-PL8 Key Features:
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Key Features:
Olympus PEN E-PL8 was substituted by Olympus E-PL8.
Olympus PEN E-PL8 substituted Olympus E-PL7.
|Sensor Area||224.9 mm2 vs 116.16 mm2||48.4% larger pixel area|
|External Flash||Yes vs No||Connect off-camera flash|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 vs 1/2000||Faster shutter speed|
|Number Of Focus Points||81 vs 25||56 more focus points|
|Touch Screen||Yes vs No||Easy control of camera functions|
|Battery Life||350 shots vs 320 shots||30 more frames with a single charge|
|NFC||Yes vs No||Easy wireless connectivity with compatible devices|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP vs 16.0 MP||20% more pixels|
|Continuous Shooting||10 fps vs 8 fps||2 fps faster|
|Built-In Flash||Yes vs No||All the lenses are stabilized|
|Screen Resolution||1,229k dots vs 1,037k dots||15.6% higher resolution screen|
|Weight||290 g vs 357 g||67 g lighter|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.59 vs No||0.59 better magnification|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Screen Resolution||1,037k dots | 1,229k dots||High resolution screen|
|Screen Type||Tilting | Tilting||Help viewing and changing settings easily|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Continuous Shooting||8.0 fps | 10.0 fps||Nice continuous shooting|
|Image Stabilization||Yes | Yes||Built-in stabilization|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP | 20.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Microphone Port||No | No||No microphone port|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Olympus PEN E-PL8 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 67g less than the Olympus PEN E-PL8. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Olympus PEN E-PL8 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Olympus PEN E-PL8 features a 16.0 MP Four Thirds sized CMOS sensor and boasts of a TruePic VII processor . Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III, in its turn, comes with a 20.0 MP 1" sized BSI-CMOS sensor and Bionz X processor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Olympus PEN E-PL8 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Olympus PEN E-PL8 has a sensor area 0.5x bigger compared to Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III. What does it mean? This basically means that if you these cameras them with the same aperture and focal length, the first model will give you more control in terms of the blurry background and depth of field.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Olympus PEN E-PL8 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Olympus PEN E-PL8||Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III|
No Significant Advantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Olympus PEN E-PL8 or Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Olympus PEN E-PL8 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III deserves a higher Total Score than the Olympus PEN E-PL8. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Olympus PEN E-PL8||Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III|
|Model||PEN E-PL8||Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III|
|Announced||Sep 19, 2016||May 15, 2014|
|Body Type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless||Large sensor compact|
|Sensor Size||Four Thirds||1"|
|Sensor Dimensions||17.3 x 13 mm||13.2 x 8.8 mm|
|Sensor Area||224.90 mm2||116.16 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP||20.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4608 x 3456||5472 x 3648|
|Max Native ISO||25,600||12,800|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||200||125|
|Lens Mount||Micro Four Thirds||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||94||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||2x||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||5|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||81||25|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Resolution||1,037k dots||1,229k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||1,440k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||8.0 fps||10.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||no built-in flash|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||1920 x 1080 (60p/60i/24p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p/24p/120p), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||H.264, Motion JPEG||MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||357 g||290 g|
|Physical Dimensions||115 x 67 x 38 mm||102 x 58 x 41 mm|
|Battery Life||350 shots||320 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC card||SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo|